Miyazato leads Wie by one in Mexico

By Associated PressMay 2, 2010, 3:13 am

LPGA Tour _newMORELIA, Mexico – Ai Miyazato handled the gusting winds better than her long-hitting partners Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome, shooting a 2-under 71 Saturday for a one-stroke lead over the two Americans in the Tres Marias Championship.

Miyazato, the Japanese star who won the season-opening events in Thailand and Singapore, had a 13-under 206 total at Tres Marias Country Club.

Wie, a stroke ahead after two rounds, shot a 73, and Lincicome had a 72 in windy conditions on the mountainside course. Wie won her lone LPGA Tour title 5 1/2 months ago in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Ochoa’s hometown of Guadalajara.

“I like to play in the wind because I grew up in a windy place,” said Miyazato, who was raised in the small village of Higashison on the Japanese island of Okinawa. “It’s still tough playing in the wind for me, but I have a good image in my head even if I am playing in tough, windy conditions.”

Ochoa, the top-ranked star retiring after the tournament to raise a family and work on her charity foundation, carded a 70 and was sixth at 10 under. She finished at 25 under last year to win this event for the second straight year and third time in four seasons.

Miyazato, far shorter off the tee than Wie and Lincicome, used her control and accuracy to play more consistently. All players battled the 2,000-meter (6,500 feet) altitude, where the ball travels about 10 percent farther.

“Honestly, I thought some holes were not fair because they (Wie and Lincicome) hit too long,” Miyazato said, drawing a laugh. “But I have confidence with my short game and my putting is really comfortable right now.”

Miyazato fell four strokes behind Wie after five holes, but patiently worked her way back with birdies on Nos. 6 and 7. She also birdied 12, dropped a shot on 15, but birdied 16 and closed with two pars on the two tough finishing holes.

“That definitely got me going,” Miyazato said of the back-to-back birdies. “I thought the par 5s were very difficult today so it helped me that I was able to make birdies on those par 4s.”

Wie bogeyed two of the last four holes on Saturday after closing with two bogeys Friday on 17 and 18.

Wie’s 73 was by far her worst score, following opening rounds of 66 and 68.

“It was a bit of a struggle today,” she said. “I didn’t really hit the ball as well as I wanted to, never putted the way I wanted to, but I’ll hopefully straighten things out for tomorrow. … I just didn’t feel comfortable out there today.”

Ochoa is in contention, and will be boosted by thousands of Mexican fans expected on Sunday.

“The only thing I wanted to do was to enjoy every moment and give myself a chance on Sunday,” Ochoa said. “So it doesn’t matter if it’s second place, fourth place, first place. Nobody is going to take this week away.”

Ochoa said she’s cried each day of the tournament, and expected more tears Sunday as she says farewell.

“Not in a sad way, but I know I am not coming back, so it’s a hard feeling.”

Ochoa took the No. 1 ranking just over three years ago – April 23, 2007 – from Annika Sorenstam. According to the tour’s unofficial calculations, she needs to finish at least fourth Sunday to be guaranteed of holding the ranking for at least one more week.

A finish below that could open the door for No. 2 Jiyai Shin or No. 5 Miyazato.

Shin is playing an event this weekend in Japan, and could move to the top of the rankings by winning there, provided Ochoa finishes fifth or lower. Miyazato could also do it if she wins the Tres Marias title and Ochoa finishes 10th or worse.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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